A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
The music is excellent as one can see from the track listing. It’s hard to go wrong with these later Capitol Sinatra records. They’re almost always a fun listen.
This album comprises the last group of singles Capitol released of Sinatra’s music. Reprise had started in 1960 and the rest of Sinatra’s music would come out on his own label. Somehow he managed to record and release six studio albums in 1962, with this compilation making a total of seven for the year. Even more remarkable, all seven of them made the Top Ten of the pop charts.
(‘Chicago’ and ‘Something Wonderful Happens In Summer’ are reprocessed in Duophonic sound.)
The first track is especially good sounding – note how full-bodied the lower registers of Sinatra’s voice are rendered.
Some of the better sounding tracks are the fourth (big, rich and breathy vocals) and fifth (it really swings!).
The Nearness of You
The Moon Was Yellow
I Love Paris
Monique (song from “Kings Go Forth”)
Love Looks So Well on You
They Came to Cordura
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
Something Wonderful Happens in Summer
Frank Sinatra was arguably the most important popular music figure of the 20th century, his only real rivals for the title being Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. In a professional career that lasted 60 years, he demonstrated a remarkable ability to maintain his appeal and pursue his musical goals despite often countervailing trends. – AMG Biography